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NIU President Lisa Freeman (center) discussing student involvement in NIUs Greek Life beside Associate Director for Institutional Communications, Joe King, during her meeting with the Northern Star on Monday at her office in Altgeld Hall. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

President Freeman talks tenure changes and more in university goals

By Bridgette Fox, News Editor | January 24, 2023

DeKALB – NIU President Lisa Freeman’s university goals, which the Board of Trustees will use to evaluate her performance at the end of 2023, spoke about future standards – including broadening the criteria for tenure. “I think we believe that...

A graphic featuring a photo of NIU men’s basketball playing against Central Michigan University last week on Tuesday at the NIU Convocation Center. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

IN PICTURES: Sports between the semesters

By Sean Reed, Multimedia Editor | January 16, 2023

NIU President Lisa Freeman, NIU volleyball head coach Sondra Parys and NIU Vice President and Director of Athletics and Recreation Sean Frazier hold an NIU volleyball jersey bearing the No. 7, representing Parys status as the Huskies seventh head coach in program history. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

NIU welcomes Sondra Parys to Huskie country

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | January 12, 2023

DeKALB – Standing at the podium in front of the crowd gathered at Victor E. Court during her first appearance as the new head coach of NIU volleyball on Tuesday, Sondra Parys shared a brief moment with her father, Joe. “I know you’ve always wanted...

NIUs Hoffman Estates campus opened in 1992 and was the first regional education center to open in the village.

Board of Trustees addresses pending sale of Hoffman Estates campus

By Abigail Lamoreaux and Madelaine Vikse | August 18, 2022

In a special meeting called on Thursday, the NIU Board of Trustees confirmed that the Hoffman Estates campus, 5555 Trillium Blvd, has a potential buyer and that the university should close on the sale quickly. On March 18, 2021, the Board had determined...

Plans for the sustainability center began in 2018, and the center may be up and running by 2026.

NIU to construct $23 million sustainability center under State of Illinois’ direction

By Abigail Lamoreaux, Chief Copy Editor | August 2, 2022

DeKALB — The State of Illinois has recently announced that its project to create a sustainability center on NIU’s campus has been given the green light. The seed for the project was planted in October 2018 under the Illinois Innovation Network and...

President Lisa Freeman discusses potential program offered by Braven in collaboration with NIU at the Thursday Board of Trustees meeting.

Braven Inc. prepares underserved students for job market

By Ally Formeller | April 7, 2022
Board of Trustees approved a new course that will give students the necessary skills to succeed in the job market
NIU President Lisa Freeman spoke on the universities strategies to adress “equity gaps,” educational strategies and obstacles caused by COVID-19 during her State of the University speech in November.

Explaining Freeman’s long-term goals for university

By Ally Formeller | February 6, 2022

DeKALB – NIU President Lisa Freeman announced her goals for the 2021-2022 academic year in a Board of Trustees meeting last November. The goals presented to the Board of Trustees include annual and multi-year objectives in six different themes.  For...

5 more students test positive for COVID-19

Temporary in-person class shutdown is a positive move by university

By Danielle Elliott | September 17, 2020

NIU President Lisa Freeman sent out an email Friday to inform students that the university will temporarily be moving undergraduate courses online for two weeks due to the quick rise in students testing positive for COVID-19.  We are now nearly a...

Three students and no employees test positive for COVID-19.

Students must do better to stop spread of COVID-19

By Summer Fitzgerald | September 2, 2020

It is no secret that attending college during a pandemic is one of the most unexpected hardships to go through. Trying to balance community health while still attempting to live out the “best years of your life” is a struggle many young adults are...

Student organizations wait at tables to get students involved with them at NIUs involvement fair in August 2020.

NIU should have same responsibility as students in stopping virus spread

By Danielle Elliott | August 28, 2020

The Dean of Students office sent out an email Saturday to student organization representatives who were registered to participate in the involvement fair during the weekend. The email was sent as an effort to criticize some of the behaviors of representatives...

NIU President Lisa Freeman sits in her office at Altgeld Hall.

President Freeman’s temporary powers are limited but still important

By Northern Star Editorial Board | April 27, 2020

The abrupt disruption of life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has led to many decisions that effect student life at NIU, including the Board of Trustees’ decision to grant NIU President Lisa Freeman expanded authority. The board’s decision was made...

State releases initial funds for new facilities, DuSable improvements on hold

By Kyle Mathas | February 12, 2020

DeKALB — The state has begun to release funds for NIU's capital budget, following an announcement from Gov. J.B. Pritzker.The state has released more than $22 million for NIU to move forward on building two new facilities in its capital budget, according...